OKLAHOMA CITY, Feb. 8, 2018 – Oklahoma City Blue forward Rashawn Thomas has been selected to participate in the NBA G League International Challenge at NBA All-Star 2018 after being named to the USA Basketball World Cup Qualifying Team training camp roster.
This season, Thomas has appeared in 35 games (24 starts), averaging 13.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.51 steals in 28.4 minutes. The Blue ranks seventh in the league in points in the paint, led by Thomas’ 266.
Thomas is one of thirteen of the NBA G League’s top performers that were selected to form NBA G League USA and compete against the Mexico National Team on Feb. 18 at 1:30 p.m. CST at the Los Angeles Convention Center. This marks the first international exhibition game to be played during NBA All-Star festivities and will be streamed live to fans globally on the NBA App, Twitch and on the ESPN App. The NBA G League International Challenge will replace the traditional NBA G League All-Star Game, which debuted at NBA All-Star 2007 in Las Vegas.
Thomas will be joined by Taylor Braun (Salt Lake City Stars), Larry Drew II (Sioux Falls Skyforce), Alonzo Gee (Sioux Falls Skyforce), Aaron Harrison (Reno Bighorns), Terrence Jones (Santa Cruz Warriors), Trey McKinney Jones (Fort Wayne Mad Ants), Rodney Purvis (Lakeland Magic) Xavier Silas (Northern Arizona Suns) David Stockton (Reno Bighorns), Marcus Thornton (Canton Charge), Travis Wear (South Bay Lakers) and Devin Williams (Maine Red Claws).
Coached by former NBA head coach Jeff Van Gundy and his USA Basketball World Cup Qualifying team assistant coaches Mo McHone and John Thompson III, NBA G League USA players were selected by the six-member USA Basketball Men’s World Cup Qualifying Committee. The Committee is made up of appointees by USA Basketball and the NBA G League. Members of NBA G League USA will go on to play for USA Basketball in FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers against Cuba on Feb. 23 and Puerto Rico on Feb. 26 in Santa Cruz, Calif.